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Updated: 2017-12-11T06:18:56.781+11:00

 



I was diagnosed at the age of 17, 38 now. I never ...

2017-08-30T22:08:32.900+10:00

I was diagnosed at the age of 17, 38 now. I never wanted anyone to know either. It was shameful, like I was damaged. I especially never told close family members or those I loved at the time, boyfriends. If there is one thing I regret, it's not telling. Tell anyone and everyone. It will show who truly is there for you. Afraid some friends, family, loved one may walk away. It will happen. Let them. The ones left behind are the ones that will be there for you. Start building a support system. Do not be the ostrich that buries its head. I did for many, many years and at 38 have had a heart attack, stints put in my arteries. Diabetes is no joke. It will slowly affect every part of your body. When I was 17 diabetes was not in the forefront of my mind. Now that I wish to have a baby and realizing I probably can't due to severe damage done to myself. I try not to cry. The pain of neuropathy and muscle loss are all due to not caring for myself for over 20 years. Now, I am trying to reverse and repair.



Relion prime strips Walmart are 9.00 for 50 strips...

2017-06-18T22:40:10.917+10:00

Relion prime strips Walmart are 9.00 for 50 strips



Alan, Your idea's have all ready been helping...

2017-02-25T10:03:39.096+11:00

Alan,

Your idea's have all ready been helping. Learning how to use my glucose meter to find out how my blood sugars act to different things.
The other day after doing a lot of physical work in the house I did not feel to good. So yesterday I took my blood sugar before my daily exercise and after. My blood sugar had gone up after my exercise. Thinking this is the rebound effect. I have decided to to have a small snack before I do anything that is going to take a lot of physical activity.

I have been thinking about this for awhile. But after your remark it is putting a fire under me. I have decided I am going to change doctors. My insurance company had sent me a list of doctors. I have spent a lot of time going over the list this morning. I found one Board Certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, and is accepting new patients. As with many specialized doctors in this area he is over an hour away. I plan on calling to make an appointment on Monday morning. Right now just getting use to the idea of adding another doctor over an hour away. But I think it will be worth the travel.



Best wishes Tammie. I hope my ideas help a little....

2017-02-24T08:05:52.713+11:00

Best wishes Tammie. I hope my ideas help a little. It may be time to seek a doctor who listens more and types less.



Hi Alan, I started having troubles with my Blood S...

2017-02-24T03:23:39.552+11:00

Hi Alan,
I started having troubles with my Blood Sugar about 8 months ago. My primary physician told me to take my blood sugar 2 times a day. My morning blood sugars have been high. My doctor would just tell me my 3 month averages were fine.

About a 2 months ago I started having more problems with my blood sugars and my doctor would still say my 3 month averages where fine even though my blood sugars where higher. I started trying to change my diet with help through friends and online. My doctor would spend most of his time typing on his computer, even though I would go in with a list of my concerns, I don't think he heard most of what I was saying. I have not gotten any real help managing my blood sugars.

I started having more problem and took my blood sugar a lot to try to find out what was going on. Made an appointment to see my doctor. I took my list with me and told him we need to talk. He left his computer alone and looked at the blood sugars I was getting and listening to my concerns. He put me on a trial of Farxiga and told me to test my blood sugar twice a day. He also thought it had some thing to do with hormones and put me on a low dose.

I bought a box of strips at full price, this was suggested by pharmacist. Put an x on the box and only use when I need extra strips. He told me a lot of his clients do this.

As I have been alone on my diet except through friends and online I have been working on really changing my diet. I have also started exercising almost everyday after Christmas. I need to loose about 50 lbs. So far I have lost around 5 lbs. I have to really watch my exercising because I have Plantar Fasciitis. I do low impact exercing.I started increasing my time and intensity to fast and my feet started bothering me, so I had to slow down and slowly increase my exercise. My feet are doing better.

I want to thank you for for article on getting started. It has really given me some ideas on how to change my diet, and use my meter to figure out what works and what does not work.

If I keep having problems I plan on seeing a specialist.

Tammie








Alan, Thank you, so much, for all you do here! I ...

2016-11-17T01:46:54.684+11:00

Alan,

Thank you, so much, for all you do here! I was diagnosed in March 2016 with an A1c of 8.9. I eschewed the metformin, off the bat, and chose to look at this diagnosis as a wake-up call about my sedentary lifestyle. With only 45 minutes a day of exercise, I reduced my A1c to 6 in less than 3 months. Certainly, we are all victims of our genetics, in the case of diabetes, but we, as diabetics, are in a unique position to take control of the outcome of many aspects of this disease. Many people, suffering from many other diseases, don't have this chance. I just came across your blog after reading more and more glowing reviews of metformin as a "preventative" measure for so many people, that doctors feel it should be a regimen for a lot of the folks here in the U.S. I was always worried about its gateway potential to lead to insulin use, and the literature is still a little spotty on that. Anyway, I'm glad there are people out there, like you, giving people incentive to take this thing we call "diabetes" by the horns and live our lives more healthily and more fully! Thanks, again!



Thank you for providing this link Allen. I wanted ...

2016-11-07T12:15:48.615+11:00

Thank you for providing this link Allen. I wanted to reply to you on the ADA communities page but I couldn't figure out how to do it!
I am still so in denial. I have never had any of the symptoms like excessive thirst, etc. So I have actually concluded that the A1C thing is flawed. I don't think I have diabetes. Seriously. Isn't that positively crazy?
So again thank you for providing this link. You have pushed me out of denial and into the now-get-off-your-butt-and-do-something-about-it phase.
I've read Act I of GETTING STARTED and I'm eager to read Act II.



Hi Alan great page Im glad I checked it out very h...

2016-09-08T10:44:02.231+10:00

Hi Alan great page Im glad I checked it out very helpful thank you



G'day Anonymous. I suggest you drop in on the ...

2016-03-27T10:29:20.551+11:00

G'day Anonymous. I suggest you drop in on the ADA type 2 forum where you can chat to me and others in more detail without revealing your identity: http://community.diabetes.org/t5/Adults-Living-with-Type-2/bd-p/Adults-Living-with-Type-2



Hi,I was just diagnosed yesterday with type 2 diab...

2016-03-27T04:19:52.209+11:00

Hi,I was just diagnosed yesterday with type 2 diabetes.I'm glad that you said it wasn't my fault..I've been feeling like I failed some big test..which is weird since i have been out of school for a long time now (lol) I am the first to say life isn't fair and I am well aware that life isn't fair but even with that knowledge I am still thinking to myself...This isn't fair! My ex-boyfriend was over 400 pounds(!) and didn't have diabetes..I weight 218 and I get diabetes..wth!?
I know I need a support system but I don't want to tell any one--I don't know why...that is what brought me to find this page and this group. I am having some difficulties with it--I am an open book so by nature I am one to "spill the beans' but I know if I tell my Mom...not only will it trouble her..she will tell EVERYONE...AND i Don't want to tell any one...at least not right now.



Thanks Alan!!!

2015-09-18T04:39:02.126+10:00

Thanks Alan!!!



Thanks for the insight. I've read day 1 ands...

2015-09-16T12:41:17.076+10:00

Thanks for the insight. I've read day 1 ands will confine to come back. Seriously Thank you



Very nice blog Alan. Too many patients never ques...

2012-08-13T07:31:13.249+10:00

Very nice blog Alan. Too many patients never question their doctors advice. Always ask the whys and what fors when speaking to your doctor. When I was diagnosed 2 years ago, my doctor acted as if it were not a big deal. Take the meds and check your level twice a day. So I thought if he didn't think it was a big deal then it must not be. He was not only my doctor but my co-worker as well. He wouldn't steer me wrong. So I swam in De Nile. This time around, I've had vision changes and now he thinks it's a big deal. Still only wanted me to check BG twice a day. I check 5-8 times a day. He is not the one whose eyeglass prescription has doubled. Thanks for all the good information.



HI, Recently ID'ed as a Type II. Still worki...

2012-01-16T15:02:57.300+11:00

HI, Recently ID'ed as a Type II. Still working to adjust my food menus to bring the BG down. It feels like a monkey on the back lingering from trouble. Most before readings of the BG is 120 or less now. Taking Janumet 2x a day and reading a lot about this condition. I am already down 8 pounds since OCT at 183# now. Nothing fits but that is good. No longer thristy all the time now. Too bad I do not really live veggies. Thanks for the opening information on this disease.

MLD



Thanks very much for the feedback John. Congratu...

2010-10-02T12:43:40.080+10:00

Thanks very much for the feedback John.

Congratulations on your success. I only made some suggestions - you did all the work. Well done.

Cheers, Alan



Alan, You have certainly helped me over the last...

2010-10-02T08:29:38.300+10:00

Alan,

You have certainly helped me over the last two years with my Type 2 diabetes improvement programme - HbA1c down from 9.4% to 5.0% and metformin medication halved recently from 2000mg to 1000mg per day. Hoping to get of it altogether very soon.

Ten years after diagnosis and my blood glucose levels are almost always within normal levels.

I no longer fear diabetic complications!

Your way is the way to go!

Best wishes from England.

John aka Wallycorker



Hi Michael Isn't Alan's blog great? I'...

2010-07-14T21:13:18.934+10:00

Hi Michael

Isn't Alan's blog great? I've learned a lot from it, and he's given me great support in my quest to stay off tablets and insulin as long as possible as well.

I thought I was the only one using alcohol as a medication ;>) I too found that my numbers go down after a pint or two, so have been sticking religiously to that diet.

Unfortunately, though, I can't quite pluck up the courage to try it first thing in the morning, which is when my numbers are stubbornly high.



Hi Michael, That is great that you and your wife ...

2010-07-11T04:17:01.642+10:00

Hi Michael,

That is great that you and your wife can work on your diabetes together.

My husband and son do not have diabetes. They try to buy foods that I can have. Lunch and dinner are excellent for my diabetes. It is there desserts that are very tempting. I am not suppose to have them.



This is a very nice site Alan. I have been reading...

2010-07-10T10:47:40.762+10:00

This is a very nice site Alan. I have been reading a lot about your own journey. As you know from ASD, I did not take my own diagnosis very calmly. It really freaked me out. I am a lot more accepting of my condition now and have put in a lot of work to keep my numbers in the normal range. I have still not achieved normal for my morning FBG. These numbers are almost always above 100 and below 130. Lately they have been between 100 and 110. During the day I can easily regulate my BG with diet exercise, and alcohol. I realize that using alcohol to lower BG is pretty controversial. However, I never exceed two beers in a day. Each beer represents 2.6 grams of carbs. I get a 20 point knock down from each beer. One day a drank my beer and it went from 97 to 74.

My wife and I both have type 2. This makes it easy to only have foods in the house that are safe for us. It must be a pain for someone with type 2 to have to eat at the table and watch someone else consume huge quantities of carbohydrates. I think I would find that somewhat difficult.

I took Metformin for a few months and it did nothing to improve my numbers, so I dropped it.

Thanks for the nice Blog site.



Hi Alan, thank you for the e-mail address. I did ...

2010-02-28T22:29:46.990+11:00

Hi Alan, thank you for the e-mail address.

I did read that the final decision is ours. Not the doctors, not my friends or my husband and son. I am going to have to take things into my own hands.

Since I had pneunomia, my doctor, husband and son have not wanted me to do anything. I was very active and now I am going to have to build myself up again.
Ruth



Hi Alan, I do test 3 times a day before meals. I ...

2010-02-22T17:21:25.528+11:00

Hi Alan,

I do test 3 times a day before meals. I try to exercise in the afternoon. That is when my numbers are the highest. Your idea is great about finding another doctor.

However, she is the best doctor in town. I live in a small town in CA.

I do not need to weigh myself, because I am losing weight even when I overeat. My doctor is worried about that. She will not give me a copy of my lab work, even though I insist on it.

Ruth



Hi Alan, You have a great idea, about finding ano...

2010-02-22T17:09:53.144+11:00

Hi Alan,

You have a great idea, about finding another doctor. However, I live in a small town. It is unfortunate that we have the best doctor in town.

We cannot afford to move. I am trying to stick to my diet. My husband is trying to buy foods that I can eat.

Ruth



Ruth, find a new doctor. The best way I found to ...

2010-02-22T15:51:03.162+11:00

Ruth, find a new doctor.

The best way I found to overcome cravings was my meter. The numbers I saw on my meter at my peak after giving in were a reminder to not give in next time. For foods that do not affect my meter the bathroom scales were also useful.



Hi Alan, musecal said that he has a problem with ...

2010-02-22T13:02:30.515+11:00

Hi Alan,

musecal said that he has a problem with cravings for things that we are not supposed to have.

I have the same problem. I know it is wrong to give in. My doctor has never tried me on metforim. I am allergic to all of the other medications. In fact, my doctor has given up on me. That is discouraging.
Ruth Brown



Q1. "if my blood sugar level is within accept...

2009-10-15T14:28:08.531+11:00

Q1. "if my blood sugar level is within acceptable range (that is, within the ADA and ACE ranges), should I be taking the metformin?"

First - follow your doctor's advice and take your metformin. Increase the dose slowly in accordance with your doctor's advice. Your doctor is wisely introducing it gradually to minimise the risk of gastro-intestinal side-effects, not as a precaution against going low.

Metformin is claimed to work in a couple of ways; first by reducing excessive release of glucose from your liver and secondly by improving your insulin resistance. It can take several weeks to become fully effective and will NOT cause low blood glucose levels.

Separate to that, I do not totally agree with the ADA and AACE ranges; see http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2009/04/test-test-test.html and http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/12/hi-all-one-of-things-that-becomes.html for a longer commentary on that.

Q2. "When I read my blood sugar readings, at what point do I NOT have to take the medicine? For example, this morning my blood glucose was at 118."

Well, definitely at a point significantly below that. As to which exact point, only your doctor could answer that because your doctor will be aware of all the other factors.

I wouldn't consider asking the doc until you are a lot closer to 100.